Think biting your nails is the most terrible thing ever? Contrary to popular belief, not all of our so-called bad habits are actually bad. You’ll be surprised to find out that some of them actually do you more good than harm. Scientists are a weird bunch of people, but they do some incredible discoveries from time to time. Like, did you know that staying a few extra minutes in bed is really beneficial for your health? No kidding. Telling lies can also be a good thing! Here are 9 ‘bad’ habits that are virtues in disguise.
As gross as this habit may seem to you or the people around you, it’s actually not the worst thing in the world. Au contraire, the bacteria that gets into your system might even do you some good! Not that it’s healthy, but studies show that kids who suck their thumbs or bite their nails have stronger immune system and are less likely to develop allergies.
Well, we can’t say that fighting will do your body any good, but the build of our bodies suggests that it’s something that comes pretty natural to human beings. Of course, getting punched in the face is no fun at all, but if it’s of any consolation, our faces have developed over the course of evolution to take a hit (especially if you’re a guy). So you can fight, or you can avoid fighting, it’s good either way.
We may consider lying as something ‘bad’ and grown-ups teach kids they should always tell the truth, but they never actually follow this rule themselves. A little bit of lying won’t do you any harm, in fact, you probably wouldn’t have any friends if you only told what you thought was true. According to statistics, people lie to strangers three times a minute! There’s also a kind of a social contract between people: they expect you to be nice, not honest when they ask you about the hideous new haircut or something like that.